But after a talk with my mom (mom is always good for a talk! <3), I decided to try to get my AC fixed in Austin (big trucks. Fords, they have to be able to fix it!).
I pulled the driver side shade and stopped every 90 mins for water (something harder than it sounds based on the previously mentioned freak show factor). I made it to Austin where I stayed with one of my best friends, Kris and his amazing family. This was such a sweet respite. The joy of old friends is that you can just pick right back up. His family was amazing and easy. We just chatted and then fixed the previously effed solar system and walls! It was actually really fun. Kris and I work so well together, having previously built an apartment together. Unlike the previous folks I worked with in attempt at fixing my solar, he knows I am competent.... He assumes competency and we talk things through.
I installed the dead bolt so no more fear of bears!
I am so grateful for that time in Austin. Kris and Family (including the monopoly game!) were just what I needed!!!